Favorite Fish Chowder

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min.


16 servings (4 quarts)

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
Economics had a lot to do with what we ate when I was growing up in New Hampshire during the Depression. Money may have been scarce, but fish was plentiful and affordable, so that's how we began eating this fish chowder. When meat rationing came along in World War II, fish chowder again became a staple in our household. —Fran Gustafson, Bethesda, Maryland


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 2 pounds cod fillets, cut into large chunks
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley


  1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter. Add water and bring to a boil. Add potatoes; cook for 10 minutes. Add fish and lemon juice; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add milk, evaporated milk, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 192 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 496mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 12g protein.